I heard of a new trend from some friends of ours recently where little girls get these correspondences going with fairies that visit them at nights.
In one town (Nahant) the fairies are their dolls animated by magic but in others they are garden fairies or pixies that come into their homes and strike up a penpal friendship.
It sounds like a lot of work to me.
I was asked to employ some of my photographic skills to capture one of these and with the help of the parents came up with this. The fairy will be instantly recognizable to those of your who know our family well - although her pointy spock-like ears may have eluded you before. Here she is sitting on an ornament over the fireplace contemplating her next tome.